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Remove Private Search by eAnswers.com Effectively

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Private Search is a search engine which also has an extension of the same name. This program is provided by the site eAnswers.com and considered as a browser hijacker. The search engine takes over your browsers, changes, and blocks their default search engines. The homepage and new tab settings are also altered. Search results are filled with misleading content and ads.

To remove the unwanted app and get all your settings back, you should read the whole article.

Threat Summary

NamePrivate Search
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionYour browsers will have their settings changes. Sponsored content and adverts will appear in your search results.
SymptomsYour search engines will be blocked in every browser and changed to the Private Search one. The homepage and new tab will be changed as well. Ads will appear when you browse and you might be redirected.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installer Setups, Bundled Packages
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Private Search – How Did I Get It?

Private Search can be included inside third-party installer setups. The unwanted extension can intrude your computer without you realizing. That can happen because it hides in bundled packages and freeware installations. Such setups often implement additional components for installation selected by default. To avoid getting unneeded programs is doable if you find a Custom or an Advanced menu to deselect them.

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Private Search can also be found on the Chrome Web Store as you can see right above. The eAnswers website hosts the extension as well. Clicking on advertisements and making visits to sites with suspicious reputation can be another distribution method. Browsers that are affected are mainly Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.

Private Search – More Information

Private Search is the name of a search engine that can hijack your browsers and even block other search engines. The program is distributed by the eAnswers.com site. The home page, new tab setting and default search engine will all be changed to www.eanswers.com/private/. See how it looks:

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When it enters your computer, the nasty hijacker will change the settings of any browser it finds. The related extension can link you to other sites. That extension which serves the same function as the hijacker can do the following:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Change your privacy-related settings

Your search queries will get filtered by the www.eanswers.com/private/ engine each time. You could easily get redirected to various sites partnered to eAnswers. Sponsored content and advertisements appear in the search results. The links from the search results could misdirect you.

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You can see in-text links and unrelated results if you use the Private Search. Other types of advertising could be displayed on sites that you browse. The ads might be pop-ups, pop-unders, banners or others. The websites you might land on from the redirects could be aiming to get revenue to the owners with a pay-per-click setup.

The Privacy Policy of Private Search is short in length, but states it collects personal and non-personal data. In some circumstances, all information can be shared with third-parties.

And as clearly written in the Policy, the information which may be gathered is:

  • Your IP address
  • Telephone number and Mobile phone number
  • Your browser type, version and plugin information
  • Date and time of searches and local time
  • What you clicked on or searched for
  • Name and e-mail address
  • Physical address and your name
  • Country of origin
  • Job occupation and title
  • Platform (OS) type

You can see a picture of the Policy down here:

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By using the services and Private Search engine, as well as all other applications, you grant your consent for personal information collection. Cookies and various tracking technologies might be used to gather that information and show you targeted advertisements.

Remove Private Search Completely

To remove Private Search manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided down below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker and redirects effectively, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program will keep your system secure.

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How to Remove Private Search from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Private Search

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Private Search and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Private Search on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Private Search there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Private Search with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Private Search from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Private Search and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Private Search:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Private Search. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Private Search. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Private Search via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Private Search. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Private Search from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Private Search from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Private Search from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Private Search from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Private Search will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Private Search from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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